Curriculum Design - Mathematics
At Boldmere Junior School, we are extremely proud of our children’s achievements in mathematics. In 2019, 87% of our children achieved the Expected Standard at the end of KS2 with 47% also achieving the higher standard of Greater Depth. Such progress is all thanks to our staff’s firm belief in all children’s right to thrive in mathematics and our children’s enthusiasm for their learning. However, it is also thanks to the outstanding practice that we are able to build upon from our infant school (whom we work closely alongside to ensure consistency) and the fantastic support of our aspirational parents/carers.
At Boldmere Junior School, we want to promote and instil a positive mind-set about mathematics for all children. We believe our children should thrive in our mathematics curriculum during their time here. We have created a curriculum which encourages children to be ambitious in their learning through embracing challenge. Through careful linking with STEM subjects, we aim for children to fulfil mathematical curiosity with enjoyment and enthusiasm.
We ensure there are opportunities to embed the high standard of teaching from KS1 and across KS2 through our carefully selected mastery curriculum; careful planning; and reliable and purposeful assessment. We use the National curriculum as a progression map, alongside the White Rose Scheme of Learning, and adapt these to ensure they are bespoke to Boldmere. These have then been used by the Maths lead, year leads and other STEM subject leads, to create our assessments map. These assessments include the build-up and intelligent repetition of skills: our staff understand it is imperative to consolidate prior learning, and plug gaps in a child’s understanding, before moving on to acquire new knowledge.
All staff have high expectations for all children and therefore tailor lessons to suit all children’s needs. We challenge our children by promoting and embedding effective use of self assessment and we provide the opportunity for challenge through carefully planned, engaging activities. Our fluid setting allows teachers to use careful assessment to tailor lessons to support a mastery approach and provide further Greater Depth opportunities. Our teachers capture children’s individual attention and imagination with creative, fun and exciting cross-curricular links. In particular, our STEM team work together to look for relevant opportunities to make greater links between Mathematics with science, design technology and computing.
Concepts are introduced through a Concrete, Pictoral, Abstract approach. Our classrooms are set up to aid children in their learning through readily available concrete resources and interactive working walls. We allow all children to fluently apply their skills through reasoning and problem solving at the level that is accessible to them. Our lessons often begin with a 'Fluency in 5' or ‘Problem of the Day’ which provide the opportunity for fluency practice and in-depth class discussion and modelling of effective reasoning.
We understand the importance of a child’s learning journey being able to continue at home alongside the support of their parents/carers. Thanks to funding from our fantastic PTA, we provide access to Times Table Rockstars and Mathletics through which weekly homework tasks are set by class teachers.
Our children therefore use mathematical concepts and procedures fluently and confidently across the curriculum; looking for opportunities to further their learning within maths at home and in school.
They are able to: apply their skills in every day situations; be curious about and appreciate the mathematical world around them; and have a readiness to continue their maths learning journey into KS3 and beyond.
What does Maths look like at Boldmere Junior School?
White Rose Scheme of Learning
We use the National curriculum as a progression map, alongside the White Rose Scheme of Learning, and adapt these to ensure they are bespoke to Boldmere. This enables us to deliver a mastery curriculum where our children acquire a solid understanding, through a CPA approach, before moving on to more advanced material.
Further information can be found at: https://whiterosemaths.com/resources/primary-resources/primary-sols/
CPA Approach Explained
The Concrete Pictorial Abstract (CPA) approach is a system of learning that uses physical and visual aids to build a child’s understanding of abstract topics.
Pupils are introduced to a new mathematical concept through the use of concrete resources (e.g. fruit, Dienes blocks etc). When they are comfortable solving problems with physical aids, they are given problems with pictures – usually pictorial representations of the concrete objects they were using.
Then they are asked to solve problems where they only have the abstract i.e. numbers or other symbols. Building these steps across a lesson can help pupils better understand the relationship between numbers and the real world, and therefore helps secure their understanding of the mathematical concept they are learning.
Have a look at how we teach the 4 operations (addition, subtraction, division and multiplication) at Boldmere. We follow on from the same policy our Infant school uses to ensure consistency. We have adapted the White Rose policy to suit our children's needs- these adaptions can be seen as 'Boldmere Blue'.
Mathematics Progression Map
Have a look at how our children build upon skills as they move through our curriculum:
At Boldmere, we understand the importance of children being able to fluently recall the relevant number facts for their year group. We approach this through a number of methods:
Times Table Tests
Children complete weekly times table tests focusing on a specific times table before moving on to the next one. This helps teachers target support for children with particular tables.
Maths Across the Curriculum
Vocabulary Progression Map
See how we build vocabulary as children progress through the Junior School. There is also a useful glossary from the NCETM to help you.
You may find the following Knowledge Organisers helpful: (taken from Twinkl)
Times Table Rockstars
Times Tables are the foundation upon many KS2 mathematical concepts are built.
We encourage our children to use regularly Times Table Rockstars to improve their speed of recall.
Our Rockstar day was a fantastic success- even Mr Glasgow got dressed up!
In class, our children are tested on their multiplication and division fact recall weekly. This enables class teachers to track progress and plan appropriate interventions.
Thanks to the support of our fantastic PTA, we are able to offer the use of Mathletics for all children at home and in school. Teachers set tasks fortnightly for children to complete, however lots of our children independently choose to use Mathletics to consolidate their learning.
Other Useful Resources
We appreciate having such supportive parents/carers at home who want to support their children in their learning. We also have extremely enthusiastic children who want to continue their learning outside of school.
Alongside Mathletics and TT Rockstars, we recommend the following websites to best support your child:
- Third Space Learning Maths Hub (resources from maths tuition experts)
- BBC Bitesize – KS2 Maths (everything)
- Primary Games Arena (games)
- Hit the Button (times tables and number bonds)
- Math is Fun (worksheets)
- Primary Resources
- NRich (problem solving and challenge questions)
- TT Rockstars (competitive times tables)
- Maths Zone (portal to lots of maths games and quizzes)
- Ashcott Primary School (videos from pupils for parents)